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The Great Dictator Film Summary & Analysis

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Frying Pan

During the film, Hannah hits several soldiers on the head with her frying pan. Every time they come to the house to try to capture the barber and/ or Schultz, she attacks them by reaching through the window and hitting them with the frying pan. The scenes are amusing as a soldier falls and his friends are shocked that he has been beaten by a woman.

The frying pan symbolizes the ridiculousness of the Gestapo. The Gestapo were supposed to be terrifying men who were doing Hitler's work with no sense of consciousness. Although this is true, they are shown to be foolish with no minds of their own. They only do what Hitler says because they don't know how to do anything else.

Also, the fact that the Gestapo are beaten back by a woman shows that if people were to fight, they...

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